This post is part of the Greek Series, in which I recount my travel through Greece in pictures. So the first two entries were all about Athens, as it was the starting point of our journey. It’s time to get away from the city smog (and Athens has truly a lot of it). But not before I show you some impressions from above the city looking down on an amazing sea of urbanity. Most of Athens today is quite young actually, as the city regressed into a small town up to the 19th century. After the country gained independence from the Ottoman empire Athens became more and more important again and exploded truly during the 20th century into the metropole it today certainly is. There are some street shots in here as well, but most of the pictures were taken from one of the many hills of Athens with a beautiful blue sky as permanent background. The last one is a panorama.
On the sight of a former airfield a new city planned from scratch is being build to accommodate thousands of new people Vienna is expected to grow by in the upcoming decade. A city within the city basically. Seestadt translated in English means lake city and is named due to the artificial lake which will be in the center of the town. As to date there is not much to see besides the newly build metro station (the violet line U2), a lot of cranes and a giant mud hole in the middle (the lake to be). But especially at sunset the symphony of cranes has beauty on its own. There is also an exhibition worthwhile visiting with a lot of information about the project and a wooden panorama tower with a nice view (last picture). Local artists were allowed to spray the container in which the exhibition is happening, giving the place an urban flair already. Although the city itself is yet missing…
In the Greek series I recount my travel trough the country in the past September. This one is all about contrasts and the different faces of Athens.
Finally! After experimenting with different themes and playing around with them I decided to give my little photography blog (which turned 1 today by the way!) a new fresh design. The theme I choose is the beautiful “Portfolio” by The Theme Foundry. I think it is perfect for showcasing photography in a clean and simple way. So let me guide you quickly through the new website. On the right upper corner next to the logo you find four pages. The Featured page is also the homepage displaying usually the four latest posts with a visually pleasing slider in the center. In the Gallery you find all posts sorted in a grid in chronological order. If you prefer the classic browsing via lists and categories help yourself by clicking on Sitemap and Archives. So effectively there are three ways to use the website. I like to look at it as a shop consisting of an inviting display, a back room and the actual showroom. I hope you like it! I definitely do. If you have feedback you can leave me a message at the page @ Contact or directly comment this blog post.
Largely unnoticed the new university campus of the Economic University of Vienna (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien) was build in a rather remote part of the city. So most of us knew about the construction plans but little did we know about the futuristic character and the sheer extent of the sight. What a surprise! The campus consists of about 6 to 8 buildings constructed by different architects in different styles. In common they have a modern and environmental friendly approach. They are centered around a student plaza effectively creating a public space for its “citizens”. There are also a couple of cafés and shops there. One of them being the “Campus” (shot 4) with a mixed approach of modernism and natural elements consisting of wood and plants. The centerpiece of the campus is the library (as it should be). It was designed by an architect from Hamburg and is simply astonishing (shots 2 – 3 exterior, shots 7 – 9 interior).